Congratulations to Max Scherzer!!

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington National’s ace Max Scherzer won his second consecutive and third career Cy Young award yesterday, edging out fellow finalists, teammate Stephen Strasburg and Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. I thought Max would split some votes with Strasburg and that it might cost him the award, but he actually won comfortably receiving 27 of 30 first place votes. Max took a tiny step back in terms of performance when compared to his 2016 Cy Young winning campaign, but he spent time on the DL this year fighting through a broken finger, a stiff neck, and a hamstring injury which may make his output even more impressive. He posted a 2.51 ERA over 200 innings, totaling 16 victories, 268 strikeouts, and a nasty WHIP of 0.90. His WAR of 7.31 was the 7th highest in all of baseball for 2017 and 2nd among pitchers, trailing only the AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.

We love Max here in DC and are thrilled that he is under contract for four more years. He’s a great leader in the clubhouse, a ferocious competitor on the field—on offense and defense—, and I believe that his mental toughness is rubbing off on Strasburg, which is invaluable.

Thanks for a great year and congratulations, Mad Max!